Cleverly, Svarte Greiner (aka Erik K. Skodvin) calls upon a “White House | Black Market” motif with naming the A-Side track “Black Tie” and the B-Side track “White Noise” – suffice it to say the names are quite fitting. Skodvin crafts lusciously dark drone waves packed full of dissonance and worry. Like oh/ex/oh’s work, or Stars of the Lids The Ballasted Orchestra, it seems like Black Tie was made to be played alongside a horror film or just about any tragic moment. “Black Tie” brings a masterful drone of strings endlessly scratched, with a bass sparsely hoppily plucking its notes in an almost staccato-like fashion. “White Noise” takes the dissonance and distress to new heights (or should I say lows?) with the continuance of the unsettling, yet soothing, droned out string sections. There’s no full stream of these 20+ minute tracks available as far as I know, but Miasmah probably does a pretty good job of describing the entire pieces which I’ve put in the Details below. Click right here if you want to preview both tracks. To buy it, click the Buy Now link to go to Sonic Pieces / Miasmah‘s site as they’re a wee cheaper than A Number of Small Things it seems like! See what you think of them, though. Cheers!

EDIT: Miasmah was kind enough to correct me on Twitter with the fact that there is a full stream of Black Tie available on Soundcloud. I’ve now linked it here.

The Details


LP on Miasmah, ltd to 500 copies, including download code and poster

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After two bone chilling full-lengths for the Type Recordings imprint, Erik K. Skodvin has embarked on his first journey for his own Miasmah label with 'Black Tie'. While originally conceived as a soundtrack to an installation by Norwegian artist Marit Følstad, Skodvin uses this as a starting point to craft his most unnerving long-form pieces to date. Split into two distinct movements, 'Black Tie' and 'White Noise', we are exposed to the yin and yang of Skodvin's patented acoustic doom, and all the gravitas that might contain.

'Black Tie' was the piece which ended up being used in the installation itself, and is the closest to Skodvin's established sound as it stops time around its creaking cello, plucked strings and whispering ambience. Subtle and slow, the track blooms into a skeletal cloud of radio static and distortion before sinking back down to earth on those familiar moaning strings.
With 'White Noise' however Skodvin takes us on a different journey, allowing panoramic synthesizer drones to take control while Middle Eastern strings chime in the distance. Transcendent and disarming, Skodvin manages to connect the dots between Biosphere, Thomas Koner and of course Deaf Center and still emerge with something fresh and unexpected. More than simply an accompanying work to aninstallation, 'Black Tie' is a crucial new chapter in the Svarte Greiner evolution, and one that should give a few clues as to what might come next.

Price $19.5

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